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by Paul on 07/19/05 at 09:18 AM ET
NHL executive vice-president Bill Daly, however, said yesterday that, despite the concerns expressed, the draft lottery will still be held behind closed doors. "That continues to be the plan, yes," he said. There is a method to the NHL's madness. First of all, its draft lottery process is going to take longer than the 20 minutes the NBA uses to dole out the order of its 14 selections. The NHL lottery, this time around, will be a time-consuming procedure because each of 30 clubs has to be slotted in the slightly weighted lottery. Also, when the draft lottery will be played out behind closed doors and in front of the league's board of governors on Friday, the draw is only part of what will be an extremely hectic "relaunch" day for the NHL. The new collective agreement, tentatively agreed upon last Wednesday, needs to be ratified in New York by the board of governors and the players, who will gather in Toronto. Next on the agenda would either be the draft lottery or debate over proposed rules changes. By the time the process is completed, it could be late in the afternoon before NHL commissioner Gary Bettman emerges to announce the lottery winner, the rule changes and the ratification of the new six-year collective agreement. After which, Crosby, the Rimouski Océanic star and consensus No. 1 pick in this year's draft, will address his thoughts on the NHL city that will become his new home via a satellite video conference from Cole Harbour, N.S., his agent, Pat Brisson, confirmed yesterday.
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